The Oriental Institute Museum

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The entrance to the Oriental Institute Museum

The entrance to the museum.

Archaeologists working in the Oriental Institute have been carrying out primary excavations and research on the archaeology of the Near East since the end of the nineteenth century – then referred to as “the Orient”. The Institute’s collections now include some of the most important artefacts from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Syria and Turkey, ranging in date from 10,000 BC to around 650 AD. In a series of extensive and informative permanent displays, the Institute’s museum showcases just a fraction of these objects – providing an overview of the archaeology, history and art of the ancient Near East. Display guides and activity cards make this a great museum for visitors of all ages.

Exhibits: Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Anatolian, Egyptian, Nubian, Persian
Temporary Exhibitons
Visiting the Oriental Institute Museum:
entry-fee-dollar open-year-round opening-hours multimedia-guides onsite-information events family-children-activities wheelchair-accessible onsite-shop toilets wheelchair-toilet photographs-allowed parking

Where is the Oriental Institute Museum?


The Oriental Institute is on the University of Chicago campus, south of downtown Chicago. The quickest and easiest way is to get the Metra train (from Millennium Station (at Randolph street and Michigan avenue) or hop on the train at the Museum Campus stop. Get off at a stop labelled 55th/56th/57th. Turn right out of the station and head west along 57th until Woodlawn avenue. Turn left (south) and walk one block to 58th street and then you will see the banners for the museum on the Institute building to your right (west). The entrance is on the corner of University and 58th street.

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Photographs from the Oriental Institute Museum